An earthquake struck Nepal, killing at least 6


A magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck western Nepal on Wednesday morning local time, killing at least six people, according to local officials.

The source of the earthquake was in the Seti region, at a depth of 15.7 kilometers, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). It was 21 kilometers east of Dipayal, a municipality in western Nepal’s Doti district, the USGS said.

At least six People have died and five are injured in Purbichauki municipality of Doti district, Assistant Superintendent of Police Bhola Bhatta told CNN.

Three houses were completely destroyed in the earthquake, he said, adding that a search and rescue operation was underway.

Nepal’s Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba offered his condolences to the families of those who died on Twitter on Wednesday.

A 5.6-magnitude earthquake has struck western Nepal, killing at least five people, officials said.

“I have ordered the relevant agencies to arrange for immediate and proper handling of the injured and victims in the relief and rescue (efforts) in the affected areas,” he wrote.

A tremor was felt as far as New Delhi, the capital of India, and lasted about 10 seconds.

Authorities do not expect many casualties as the source of the quake appeared to be in the sparsely populated area around Khaptad National Park, Bhatta said.

In 2015, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal, killing nearly 9,000 people and flattening homes and buildings.

The landlocked country is where the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates collide, creating the Himalayas and the Tibetan Plateau and making Nepal prone to earthquakes.

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